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Paris Syms

Franz Joseph Haydn Audio CD


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5.0 out of 5 stars The First "Paris" Symphonies July 6 2003
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After discovering conductor Ernest Ansermet via the Decca Box Set of Stravinsky's Orchestral Works and his volume in the "Great Conductors of the Century" series (see my reviews), I knew I needed to get my hands on any and all recordings by this man! Several months ago I was fortunate enough to find this title of Ansermet conducting Haydn's "Paris" Symphonies in HMV, prior to their partnership with amazon.com. I am delighted that this disc has finally made it to the pages of amazon.com as well. Not only is this is a terrific recording, but it is also historically important, for these are the very first recordings ever made of Haydn's complete "Paris" Symphonies, done in 1962. While many conductors of the day would embellish the composer's scores, Ansermet always made a point of getting straight to the artist's original intentions. In many ways, this philosophy, and therefore this recording, forecasts the authentic-instruments movement. But make no mistake -- this is not some technically perfect and perfectly boring rendition. Ansermet's account is full of life and feeling, and captured in brilliant golden-age stereo, it is certainly on par with later great accounts by Bernstein and Dorati (see my reviews). And don't think this title is in anyway inferior because it is only available as an import. The only reason that Decca did not release this "Double Decca" in the States is because it directly competes with their own Dorati title mentioned above. Certainly, if Decca can find room for both the Dorati and Ansermet in its catalog, you can too.
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable artistic feat Dec 1 2009
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's useless to hide my profound admiration for Ernest Ansermet. His peerless career and its countless historical recordings became him a cult conductor.

But, perhaps you might ask yourself: what does it make the difference of his Haydn respect the other conductors?

The difference that remarks the difference resides in his charm, humor, vigor, intonation and sublime sumptuousness he conferred this well loved composer. The way the Suisse Romande phrased, the phlegmatic majestic and athletic histamine released by the one hundred musicians of this unforgettable orchestra made the rest.

Furthermore, you will never listen a romantic approach or even planned candidness so typical of many renowned conductors that really disfigure the real intentions of the last symphonies of this composer.

Thanks to the denudated efforts of this legendary label we may delight and appreciate the undeniable historical transcendence of these recordings that molded several generations of acetate's listeners all along four decades.

An artistic triumph all the way through.

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